|“MAN OF A THOUSAND VOICES”
Jack C. Wagner peacefully passed away at his home in Mesa, Arizona on April 27, 2021. Jack is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 23 years, Christine Wagner, his beloved children, Jeff Wagner, John Wagner, Bryan Wagner, Michelle Hoffman, Tom Wagner, Shannon Wagner, Lori Petite, Michael Steele, Jennifer Steele, Bruno Zuznieski, his cherished grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence J Wagner and Ruth Kuznieski, his brother Lawrence Wagner, and his sister Marilyn Drouillard.
Jack was born on December 28, 1943 in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and he attended Oak Lawn High School. Jack discovered a love and passion for music and entertaining. It wasn’t long before Jack could sound just like Elvis, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong. Jack was dubbed “THE MAN OF A THOUSAND VOICES.”
Jack moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1973. He had a successful career as a sales manager, a pilot, a general manager, a Captain and an entertainer of the cruise line THE GOODTIME lll. Jack ended his career working for Western Signs in Mesa, Arizona while also hosting numerousradio shows in the Valley and doing TV commercials.
Jack was known as an entertainer, often singing while playing drums and the trumpet at the same time. He partnered with Gaynel Hodge, member of the famous 50’s group,The Platters, and writer of the smash hit “Earth Angel.” Together Jack and Gaynel dominated the music scene, entertaining for a decade at Don and Charlie’s, andperforming for sell-out crowds at the Sun Dome. A well- remembered quote from Jack about entertaining is, “People work hard for money. If they come to watch me entertain, my job is to give them every dollar’s worth and make them forget any problems they may have.It’s then I know I did my job as an entertainer.” Just make people laugh and smile!
Jack was a devoted loving husband, father, grandfather and a loving friend to many!
A celebration of life will be held at CCV in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 3, 2021 at 3:00 pm with a reception following at 19030 N. Pima Rd.